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A collection of sheet music by women composers from before 1800.


Ars Femina Collection

This collection is still in the process of collecting items, in the form of microfilm and musical scores, and will eventually contain nearly 3,000 scores of music written by women composers who lived and composed between 1500s and 1800s. The original purpose of this collection was to aid the Ars Femina Ensemble in their pursuit to study and perform music of women composers who lived before the 1800s. The collection contains physical musical scores, and positive and negative microfilm copies of musical work by women composers.   

Ars Femina Ensemble

The Ars Femina Ensemble was formed in 1985 in Louisville Kentucky and is the original creator of the Ars Femina Archives, which is housed at Indiana University Southeast. The mission of the ensemble was to celebrate women's artistry in music through performance and educational outreach. 

About the Ars Femina Ensemble

Interviews with Founding Members

Music By Women Composers

Ars Femina Ensemble Recordings

Amorocho, Cecilia, et al. Musica De La Puebla De Los Angeles. [Place of publication not identified]: Nannerl Recordings, 1996.

Caccini, Francesca, et al. La Liberazione Di Ruggiero. Louisville, Kentucky: Nannerl Recordings, 1994.

Jacquet de La Guerre, Elisabeth-Claude, Marianne Martinez, and Francesca Caccini. Non Tacete!: (i'll Not Be Silent) : Music by Women Written Before 1800. Louisville, Ky.: Nannerl Recordings, 1991.

Leonarda, Isabella, and John H Dickson. Isabella Leonarda, the Muse of Novara. [S.l.]: Nannerl Recordings, 1999.

Nielsen, Marina. Remembrance: Three Centuries of Cello Music by Women. [Louisville, Ky.]: Nannerl Recordings, 2000.

Librarian, Liaison to Education

Archival Intern